Montana Biopolymers

Montana Biopolymers (1)

Fairfield County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce today announced that Montana Biopolymers Inc. plans to produce eco-friendly polymers and related products in Fairfield County.  The company plans to have the first production line ready for testing in April of 2011.  Approximately 10 jobs will be created in the first two years.

The biopolymers will be used to replace certain petrochemicals in everything from cosmetics to plastics.  The company will continue to develop their line of adhesives that are already sold in environmentally conscious venues around the country.

Once relying on off-shore production, Montana Biopolymers saw benefits in moving “home.”  The business-friendly climate was a significant factor in the choice of a South Carolina location.

“We appreciate the assistance from so many organizations whose personnel worked hard to bring together needed elements,” said Joan Combie, CEO, Montana Biopolymers.  “For example, Fairfield Economic Development Director, Tiffany Harrison, facilitated the location of a suitable site and is now engaged in the workforce search.  Potential investors were impressed by the infrastructure and availability of technical expertise in the area.”

“Montanta Biopolymers’ decision to invest and create new jobs in Fairfield County is another indication that our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce provides the winning combination necessary to help businesses compete. This announcement is also a reminder that South Carolina’s focus on the business fundamentals such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low continues to pay dividends in our ability to attract new investment and encourage growth among small businesses. We welcome Montana Biopolymers to Fairfield County and wish them much success in their endeavors here,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

With added investment in a research and development component and additional production lines, Montana Biopolymers anticipates steady growth.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

The S.C. Department of Commerce works closely with economic development professionals throughout the state to recruit new jobs and investments and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has been recognized for its success in the areas of job creation and economic impact by Area Development and Business Facilities magazines. The S.C. Department of Commerce was one of 10 state economic development organizations to receive Area Development’s Silver Shovel Award in 2009 and Commerce received the 2009 Deal of the Year award from Business Facilities magazine. Southern Business & Development also awarded the S.C. Department of Commerce the “Deal of the Year” for the 2010 SB&D 100. Commerce received the recognitions for Boeing’s selection of North Charleston for the company’s second final assembly plant to support the 787 Dreamliner program. In addition to job and investment recruitment, the agency provides a range of business support services and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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